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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

 |  Drama  |  27 January 1975 (USA)
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Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Goldman
Miriam Rosen
Charlie Cohn
Presiding Judge
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Churchill
Robert H. Harris ...
Norbert Schiller ...
Berry Kroeger ...
Joachim Berger
Dr. Alvarez
Mrs. Levi
Leonidas Ossetynski ...
Samuel Weisberg (as Leonidas Ossettynski)
David Nash ...
Martin Berman ...
Richard Rasof ...


Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt--but their own. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The kidnapping . . . . The masquerade . . . The murder trial . . . . Perhaps the most suspenseful shocker of our time.




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27 January 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la cabina de cristal  »

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The meaning and relevance of the "glass booth" of the film's title is that it is a bulletproof glass booth placed in a courtroom to prevent the possibility of an assassination of the film's main character, subject and hero, Jewish Arthur Goldman, Nazi concentration camp survivor, who is on trial for war crimes, and may or may not be former Nazi SS Colonel Adolf Dorff, perpetrator of World War II atrocities. In film history, more often booths and cages have been shown in court-rooms in movies where usually serial killers have been on trial. See more »


The X-ray that the attorney holds up is supposedly the defendant's shoulder. In fact it shows a woman's pelvis, with an IUD in place. See more »


References Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) See more »


Es war ein Edelweiss
("It was an Edelweiss")
Written by Herms Niel
Sung by Charlie (Lawrence Pressman)
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Max Shell is the movie
14 January 1999 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A unique and terrific movie. Max Shell is the movie. One of his best acting performances. Complex plot calls for close focus and attention. It took quite some time to understand story due to its 'Cerebral layering' of just what is the goal of Shell's character. One very interesting note to movie is that it was based on a broadway play (which on opening had near riots by audiences due to misunderstanding of plot and closed shortly thereafter)and that was based on the original book, both written by none other then Robert Shaw (Capt Quint of 'Jaws' fame). Story is he was involved with the screenwriting or consulting, but in either case Shaw had his name removed in any connection with the movie. Why? Don't know. Unhappy with movie version?? The biggest trouble with this movie is that it is very, very difficult to find. Never shown on TV(where I originally saw on a PBS channel back in ~1979) or in most Video Catalogs. Find it.It's worth the effort. Best of luck.

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